New Delhi, Sept. 24: The Indian men’s junior hockeyteam will be aiming to win the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup for a third straight year in Malaysia. Slated to be played from 11-18 October 2015, the tournament will witness India, Australia, Great Britain, Argentina, Pakistan and Malaysia and will be played in Round Robin format.(Read: India take on Argentina in Hockey World League Final opener)
While the inaugural match will be played against Argentina and Australia, India will be seen clashing against Pakistan in the next match and it will be interesting to see who thrives under pressure to win the match. The Indian men’s junior team have been the title champions for the last two editions and the win this year will mark a hat-trick for the team. The team which is undergoing training under Coach Harendra Singh at Delhi, are working on team structure, coordination, passes and conversions which will help them put a strong fight during the tourney.
Speaking on the upcoming tournament, Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India said “It’s a very important tournament for us for two reasons. Firstly because we are aiming at continuing our winning streak and defend the title which the team has successfully done for the last two editions. Secondly the win here will help boost the team for the upcoming 8th Men’s Junior Asia Cup as they are vying for the Asian Champions title.
This team is very ambitious in their targets and I am sure they go all out to achieve it. I am confident they will live upto their own expectations and come back victorious”. The 5th Sultan of Johor Cup for Jr. Men will com mence on 11th October 2015 and India will be playing Pakistan on the opening day.